Parks & Trails Master Plan: Implementation

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See how the Parks & Trails Master Plan is taking shape as the plan is put into action and enhancement to our parks and trails take shape.

Described as “where the rainforest meets the sea”, Sooke’s natural surroundings define its character. The Sooke Basin, Sooke Harbour and Sooke River are the defining geographic features, as are the Sooke Hills and surrounding mountainous areas, which provide recreation opportunities for residents and visitors. Sooke residents are passionate about the nature around them and their unique abilities to experience rainforest and ocean settings.

The purpose of the Parks and Trails Master Plan (PTMP)

See how the Parks & Trails Master Plan is taking shape as the plan is put into action and enhancement to our parks and trails take shape.

Described as “where the rainforest meets the sea”, Sooke’s natural surroundings define its character. The Sooke Basin, Sooke Harbour and Sooke River are the defining geographic features, as are the Sooke Hills and surrounding mountainous areas, which provide recreation opportunities for residents and visitors. Sooke residents are passionate about the nature around them and their unique abilities to experience rainforest and ocean settings.

The purpose of the Parks and Trails Master Plan (PTMP) is to guide the planning, land acquisition, capital development and operations of parks and trails in Sooke. It provides a vision for parks and trails, goals for achieving the vision, and a series of short, medium and long-term actions for acquiring and improving parks and trails in Sooke. The PTMP was prepared in conjunction with the District’s Transportation Master Plan (TMP), considering Sooke’s 2009 PTMP, and within the context of current strategic documents.

  • Update: Major Milestone Met on Community Multi-use Sports Box Project

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    After several weather delays, the floor for the community multi-use sports box in Sunriver has been poured!

    Crews will soon start installing the rink boards as they work towards a May 2022 soft opening with a grand opening event in June 2022.

  • Update: Stickleback Dog Park Welcomes First Paws

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    Today, the Stickleback Dog Park, located at 2276 Church Road on the Stickleback Urban Trail, opened and quickly welcomed its first visitors!

    A dog park in Sooke has been a long-talked-about amenity and desired by many in the community, so to have the soft opening here is an exciting community milestone. "As soon as I unlocked the gate, we had people and pets smiling, prancing and quickly community members meeting for the first time," shares Jessica Boquist, Parks and Environmental Services Coordinator. "This warms my heart to see the joy visitors are experiencing already."

    Current amenities of the fenced dog park include a water standpipe (a pet and person fountain will be installed next week), surfacing, benches, a dog bag dispenser and a garbage receptacle. A gazebo will be installed this summer, with a grand opening celebration to take place at that time.

    The park is open from 7:00 a.m. to dusk. Vehicle parking is available on Church Road with recent roadside improvements made to support access to the park.


  • Update: Dog Park Soft Opening Anticipated Later This Month

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    After weather delays, several milestones will take place this week and next to allow for a soft opening of the Stickleback Dog Park, located at 2276 Church Road, later this month.

    Surfacing, waterline installation and preliminary parking enhancements on Church Road will take place starting tomorrow and continue until Friday (March 11, 2022).

    Next week (March 14-17, 2022), the installation of the pet and person water fountain, dog bag dispenser, garbage bin, benches and signage will take place.

    Provided there are no further weather delays, the public can anticipate a soft opening of the park on Friday, March 18, 2022.

    Future milestones for the park include:

    • additional trees being planted in partnership with a local school during Earth Week (April 18th-23rd) and;
    • a gazebo being installed in the fall.

    A grand opening event will be planned for a later date.

  • Update: Construction Set to Resume on Community Multi-use Sports Box

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    Construction is set to resume on the community multi-use sports box at 2430 Phillips Road the week of March 14th after weather and impacts from the pandemic caused several delays.

    It is currently anticipated that a soft opening will occur in May and a grand opening event will take place in June. The facility will be operated by SEAPARC.

    Upcoming project milestones:

    • Week of March 14, 2022 – Form and concrete pouring (weather permitting) - The concrete pour scheduled for the week of March 14 (weather permitting) must be completed in one continual process from concrete pouring to levelling with a motorized trowell unit. Crews will mobilize by 8:00 a.m. and proceed with this work, which may take up to 16 hours. Many thanks to park neighbours for their patience and understanding while this milestone is met.
    • Week of March 14, 2022 – Form and concrete pouring (weather permitting) - An additional trail (with waterline underneath) will be installed connecting Cedarview Place to the site. Distribution to neighbours during construction should be minimal. This work will begin mid-March and take approximately 1-month to complete
    • April 2022 – Rink Board Installation - The crew will mobilize for rink board installation after the concrete has cured sufficiently. The boards and fencing will be installed over one week. There should be minimal disruption to neighbours during this phase.
    • Fall 2022 - Tree planting

    The sports box will be operated by SEAPARC. Please contact 250.642.8000 with questions about facility operations.

  • District Receives $353,449 Community Economic Recovery Program Grant to Enhance Sooke Potholes

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    The District is receiving $353,449 from the Province’s Community Economic Recovery Program Grant to enhance the Sooke Potholes.

    The project will include constructing two accessible toilets, widening staircase access to the beach, installing wayfinding signage and visitor information kiosk, and parking improvements. Construction will begin this fall with anticipated completion by May-long weekend 2023.

    Sooke is known for its access to the natural environment and the Potholes are a signature natural landmark and popular destination for locals and visitors alike. The lower lot, District property, provides access to a freshwater beach and trail system which also connects to the Sooke Potholes Regional Park, maintained by the Capital Regional District.

    Atop the Potholes, the Spring Salmon Place (KWL-UCHUN) Campground is operated by the T’Sou-ke First Nation. It operates seasonally each summer, from mid-May to mid-September.

    Alongside the Sooke River and Potholes, is the Galloping Goose Trail – providing exceptional wilderness scenery and easy biking terrain along a former rail line.

    The Sooke Potholes Enhancement project is one of more than 50 new tourism projects throughout B.C. that are receiving a total of $21.3 million for shovel-ready infrastructure projects from the province’s Community Economic Recovery Infrastructure Program’s (CERIP) Destination Development funding stream.

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  • Update: Fencing for Stickleback Dog Park Being Installed Week of December 13, 2021

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    After experiencing supply chain delays, construction of the Stickleback Dog Park will begin on Tuesday, December 14th. Fencing will be installed this week. CRD Water has connected the water-line for the pet and person water foundation that will be installed in the new year. Additional amenities also set for installation in the new year include surfacing, gazebo, signage, the garbage bin and dog bag dispenser, and parking on Church Road.

    It is anticipated an opening event for the park will take place in the late winter/early spring. Please stay tuned!


  • Update: Bluffs Staircase Re-Opened

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    Construction of the Bluffs Staircase is complete!

    At the June 28, 2021 Council meeting, Council reallocated funds from the Solid Waste Strategy Business Plan to repair the treads and railing using the staff tradesperson carpenter. It is anticipated this work has given the stairs an additional 10-15 years life expectancy.

    Many thanks to our parks crew, led by Steve, Tradesperson/Carpenter, for their efforts in completing this project (once resources were identified) on time and on budget.

  • Update: Funding for Little River Crossing

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    The Little River (Demamiel Creek) Crossing Project is included in the new Parks Development Cost Charges (DCC) Bylaw that is currently with the Province for approval. The short/mid-term strategy to fund the project is to continue to apply for grants and/or use Parks DCC funds and/or property taxes or reserve funds - most likely a combination of these funding sources in order to complete this much-needed project.

    Funding has been identified in 2023 of the five-year financial plan to continue with design work and determine a timeline for completion.

  • Unsuccessful grant application for Little River Crossing

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    October 18, 2021 - Unfortunately, the District was not successful with its funding application for Little River Crossing and is looking to have this project incorporated into 2023-2024 of the five-year financial plan.

  • Bluffs Staircase Update (Follow Up from March 8, 2021)

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    As reported on March 8, 2021 the District was unsuccessful with a grant application earlier this year to repair the Bluffs Staircase and address parking concerns in the area. In light of this, staff would seek alternative funding solutions to restore this valued waterfront access.

    At the June 28, 2021 Council meeting, Council carried unanimously reallocating funds from the Solid Waste Strategy Business Plan to repair the treads and railing using the staff tradesperson carpenter. This is anticipated to give the stairs an additional 10-15 years life expectancy.

    Construction on the stairs will begin late summer 2021 with anticipated completion in fall 2021.

    Learn more:

    Sooke Bluffs Park is located off of Highway 14 in the Whiffin Spit neighbourhood: travel down Whiffin Spit Road, turn right onto Francis Road, continue left onto Bethany Place. Please note: parking is limited.


Page last updated: 08 Apr 2022, 02:01 PM